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post #21 of 1015
Cloth diapering does seem complicated until you research the options, find what you like, and have a system down for laundering them. I tried explaining a little bit to my husband and he basically told me he'd learn how to put them on but the cleaning is up to me, lol. I'm totally okay with that! I want things done "just so" anyway. I found it really fun to learn about all of the different systems online, browse discussion boards for info, and take a cloth diapering class. Jaimee's YouTube series on CDing got me started! orngbiggrin.gif I'm really excited to cloth diaper now that I have my stash all prepared. This is what I fondly call my "inventory" smile.gif:

3 dozen Prefolds (some GMD Indian cotton, some DSQ Chinese, different sizes)
2 Snappis
Way too many Thirsties covers (some duo wraps, some sized) --- I got too excited about the variety of colors and patterns, and I got such cheap deals on them I figure I'll use them on future kids too anyway.
2 OS Flip covers w/ 6 stay-dry reusable and 18 disposable inserts
7 bumGenius 4.0 pocket diapers (some Aplix, some snaps)
1 AIO bumGenius diaper
3 bumGenius stay-dry doublers
3 Hemp Babies doublers
5 Bummis fleece liners
Imse Vimse flushable liners --- planning to use these especially in the newborn stage
6 Thirsties Fab Wipes
10 Babykicks cloth wipes
(I'd like to buy some bumGenius cloth wipes!)
2 Planet Wise wet/dry bags

Since I'm a first-timer I don't know what system(s) I'll like best, so I made sure to get a variety to play around with things when the baby comes along. I purchased things in increments and only bought items I found deals on. Since I attended a free cloth diapering class at our local birth center, I got a huge discount on some bumGenius diapers and Thirsties covers one day. I followed local Craigslist ads on a daily basis and hit the jackpot when a woman posted an ad for the rest of the items I wanted! It was literally everything I had my heart set on. Most of it was never even used, and some was just used once or twice. I felt like I was robbing her with how cheaply she was selling them for! But she never got around to CDing her daughter and just wanted to move these items out the door for some extra cash, and I was lucky enough to message her first.

My total for all of this was less than $390 with an estimated $200 savings. I plan to use prefolds and covers early on and use the one-size bumGenius pockets and Flip diapers later on. I'll probably buy a few more of them if I like them a lot.

I think I'm going to really like the Planet Wise bags for containing dirty diapers. They zip up and seem like they'll contain smells pretty well, but I won't know until I try them! I think I'll buy a trash can with a tightly fitting lid as well. I'm sure it'll come in handy.

I've been prepping my diapers in the wash using Country Save detergent. I've been using it on all of our other clothes now too and I love it! We have an HE washer. We'll be saving a lot of money between that and the price I got the detergent at in a local health grocery store. I got a 10-lb box of powdered for only $15.00! I dissolve it in several cups of hot water before pouring it into the empty washer and then throwing the diapers or clothes in. I also got some dryer balls to fluff up my prefolds in the dryer since they were coming out kind of stiff without being able to use dryer sheets w/ CDs. They seem to be helping, along with making sure our water softener is doing its job.

So that's what I've got! Have fun venturing into the world of CDing, MrsKatie! Once you start browsing all of the different diapers, you're going to become addicted like the rest of us... I never thought diapers could be so cute... I actually have them organized on display in the nursery. redface.gif
post #22 of 1015
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Cloth diapers sound so complicated. lol It could be that so many brand names were mentioned, I don't know. I'd like to cloth diaper, just to cut down on cost.

 

Haha, I tried to simplify :-)  It only sounds complicated, it's really quite easy.  Once you have the supplies (where all the brand names come in) you just diaper & wash.  Easy.  The cost is a major factor for us.  I can't believe the cost of disposable diapers- nearly 3000 (by some estimates) by the time baby is potty trained.  LIke I said, we spent under 500 and we bought new- you can definitely get gently used or find steals on CL on never used diapers. 
 

 



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I didn't know that about Cloth Diapers and I will be CDing when baby comes along. I have 19 OSFA pre-folds ready to go. I went and got some of the same diaper rash cream that was used on me as a baby, just in case my little one had it. I'd actually heard that disposables caused less rashes than cloth (but they're obviously trying to sell you more!).

 



Yeah, don't use just any diaper cream.  Earth Mama Angel Baby is all natural, amazing, and does NOT ruin CDs.  We didn't have any trouble with Burts Bees and it's a zinc oxide cream, but I'd stay away from any other creams.

I think the rash issue depends on the baby- cloth is obviously not chemical-laden like disposables (all disposables- even "eco-friendly" have chemicals, thats how the gel works.).  But some kids have reactions to the cloth, the PUL like seraf mentioned, or the detergents used to clean them.  So it really depends on what irritates your baby as opposed to other babies.  

 

I think it is also due to the fact that cloth babies are changed more often than disposable dipe babies- because disposables can hold SO much waste, but then there's all the chemical reactions going on and besides, who wants their kid sitting in poo/pee for hours and hours?  DD babies don't often notice, though, because the moisture is wicked away pretty efficiently so they don't complain... but there's still the chemicals.  Obviously this varies from family to family too.  

post #23 of 1015

Sorry I repeated some of what Jaimee said :-)  We must have been typing at the same time!

Birdhappy85- my husband is the one who washes the diapers now!   It's amazing how far they come :-)  I obviously know more about the technicalities and details of cloth diapering, but he does a lot of the dirty work.  

 

Just goes to show that you don't need to know EVERYTHING about CDing in order to be able to do it.  It's really easier than it sounds!  I have learned a lot as we've gone and I just research a bit before making a decision re: my CD's (like when I needed to use diaper rash cream, I did a little research first.  Or when I needed to strip them, I did a little more research.  Or when there are stains, I do more research.  It's a process!)

 

 

post #24 of 1015

Hi all!  Now that there's a new thread I can chime in again without being completely lost, LOL.  :)

 

Re: cloth diapers--yea, they're quite easy.  It might sound like there are a lot of "shoulds", but really, you can still do it even if you're not doing it perfectly, yk?  

If you're intimidated, a good website to explain it all is diaperpin.com.  This babe will be my 4th in cloth, and I've tried about everything under the sun over the years, lol.  I'm a huge fan of DiaperSwappers and other places to buy used, because to me it just makes more sense to not spend a fortune on things that are temporary-use and still very nice whether new or used.  Plus, cloth has excellent resale value.  I doubt I've spent $500 total for all my kids' dipes, even with splurges like custom wool longies thrown in occasionally. :D  

 

I use a dry pail (a lidded trash can at this point) lined with a PUL wetbag, and the whole shebang gets washed every other day.  For little babes, 24 diapers is an absolute minimum, but once they're closer to 1 year, I've always found that 18-24 is a good stash. Right now I've got about 20 for my 22-month old, and that seems like overkill because when we're home, he's mostly in undies.

 

All that said, I've never had a newbie at the same time as one still PL'ing, so I'm quite nervous about that!  

 


Anyway...yes, I'm VERY ready to be done with pregnancy.  Constant contractions, needing a nap every day, my ribs are killing me, my back muscles keep knotting up, SPD and hip-popping aren't getting any better either....UGH.  Can't even stay in one position for more than a few hours without agony forcing me to move.  Doesn't help that my still-nursing toddler thinks it's time to *par-tay* every time I have to get up at night to pee either.  /rant

Other than physical discomfort, we are actually doing alright.  =)  I've got everything we NEED for the newbie, tho there are several things that would make labor/birth/the early weeks nicer if we had them, like chux pads, or a Baby K'Tan carrier =)  

 

I am being very mellow and zen about it all, and I'm proud of myself thus far!  In previous pregnancies, I've had a tendency to analyze every twinge and research every option to death, completely stressing myself out in the process.  

 

re: weather:  We are just now enjoying 90-degree weather instead of 100/110-degree death-rays, lol.  It was actually cool enough to open the windows last nite =D

post #25 of 1015
Looks like lots of other ladies had baby showers recently too! I just had mine yesterday. My MIL went all out decorating, omg... Everything was so cute! She used a bird/birdhouse theme and pink/brown color scheme. She gave me the birdhouses to decorate our nursery with now! It's going to be so adorable. It was a co-ed shower with around 50 people. There was a beer drinking race out of actual baby bottles. My husband recorded it with our video camera and later I realized that it was the only part of the shower he remembered to record. LOL! Oops! It was hilarious, though. The other game was just for DH and I. Using only one hand each, as a team we had to undress a "baby", change a dirty diaper (complete with Snickers bar inside lol.gif), wipe, powder, re-diaper, and dress the doll in new clean clothes with all of the works... headband, booties, everything. Everyone was cracking up, apparently we were pretty entertaining. redface.gif

As for gifts, we got several things we needed, others we didn't quite need but will use, and then a bunch of onesies that were overkill. My worst fear partially came true with the clothes that people gifted, going rogue from our registry. And nobody bought clothes at places we could even return them at nor gave us gift receipts, so we're just going to keep them. At least all of the clothes are in bigger sizes and not newborn. We can probably use them in the 3-9 month range. We're just probably not going to use any of the clothes that have references to "Princess" on them! DH and I despise that term for little girls. eyesroll.gif To each his/her own, though.

We got a bunch of gift cards and some cash that will come in handy. The only thing we really wish is that someone would've purchased us at least one of our "big ticket" items like the travel system or pack 'n play. We're going to have to buy those ourselves at BRU, and the gift cards we received are all for Target, so that's a little bit of a bummer. I have some great coupons for BRU right now, though, so I think it'll all work out okay! I am only shopping for new things when I can get great deals on them. We were fortunate enough that my sister and mom gave us all of our nursery furniture for free (my nephew used it all 4 years ago) so that saved us so much money, we can't really complain! smile.gif

My MIL made a "diaper cake" before she knew we were cloth diapering, but I graciously accepted it. She was the only one to gift diapers thank goodness! I think we will end up using them as needed for quick outings until they run out since they're in size 1. I'm sure they'll come in handy. There aren't too many of them.

All in all, it was such a great baby shower spent with everyone we love, so we're very happy! I agree with other people who say we should be able to have more baby showers for subsequent pregnancies. We have so much girlie stuff now, we'll have to invest in a lot of new items if we ever have a boy in the future! My mom said she had a baby shower for each of us kids because she lived in a new city each time one of us was born. Seems like that's one of the only ways to make that happen! Lucky ducks! smile.gif

The arrival of our baby feels so much closer now! I feel so prepared and can't wait to make some last purchases and be all ready to go! Eeeeee!
post #26 of 1015

Thanks ladies, for all your responses.  I know there is an entire cloth diaper forum, but I wanted feedback from my trusty November DDCers :)

 

Jaimee - thanks for the video, I hadn't seen it!

post #27 of 1015
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We're just probably not going to use any of the clothes that have references to "Princess" on them! DH and I despise that term for little girls. eyesroll.gif To each his/her own, though.

Yeah, until your dd embraces the term herself.  We did nothing to encourage it, but somehow she figured out princesses anyway! 

 

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The only thing we really wish is that someone would've purchased us at least one of our "big ticket" items like the travel system or pack 'n play. We're going to have to buy those ourselves at BRU, and the gift cards we received are all for Target, so that's a little bit of a bummer.

I would really recommend waiting on these items until a need arises.  You may find that you totally do not need a travel system b/c you wear baby almost all the time and once baby is older you can get a better stroller than a travel system.  The Pack 'n Play was a complete waste for us as well- never used it.  Both my kids needed to bedshare in order sleep and when we traveled they still bed shared.  You really don't need the play yard aspect either as a swing or bouncy seat works just fine and can be found on CL's pretty easily.

 

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All in all, it was such a great baby shower spent with everyone we love, so we're very happy! I agree with other people who say we should be able to have more baby showers for subsequent pregnancies. We have so much girlie stuff now, we'll have to invest in a lot of new items if we ever have a boy in the future! My mom said she had a baby shower for each of us kids because she lived in a new city each time one of us was born. Seems like that's one of the only ways to make that happen! Lucky ducks! smile.gif
The arrival of our baby feels so much closer now! I feel so prepared and can't wait to make some last purchases and be all ready to go! Eeeeee!

I'm so glad you had a good time; I know you were nervous!  And I've been in a new town for each baby's birth and no go on the baby showers...  sigh.

post #28 of 1015

Another one chiming in on cloth diapers. I was totally overwhelmed by all the options and ways that it can go wrong, but it's really much easier than that. Our initial stash included 2.5 dozen prefolds, 3 snappis and 4 covers. I started with prefolds and shopped around on diaperswappers.com (people sell their gently used diapers, it's like craigslist or ebay but mainly for cloth diapers of all kinds). That way I could try things used for really cheap and figure out what worked best for us. I was learning pretty much the whole time Owyn was in diapers.

 

I was finally set on mostly pocket diapers (BumGenius 4.0s or Fuzzibunz being my preference there) and got a nice stash going with a small stash of prefolds and covers as well, when she potty trained. I still have all of Owyn's prefolds and pockets so I'm planning to just use those. I'm hoping to get an all pocket stash built up. My plan right now is to send pockets to the baby sitter and use prefolds at home until I get more pockets. I've already started scouring diaperswappers again for more pockets.

post #29 of 1015

WHOA this thread is fast moving today!  Hopefully Im not too late to chime in-

 

Baby showers:  I just had my 3rd shower for my 3rd baby yesterday.  I thought it was considered tacky, but my family had no problem at all throwing one.  My aunt planned the whole thing, and it was awesome.  In the end I came to find out that nobody minded, nobody thought it was tacky, nobody had a problem coming and celebrating- and even though I told everyone not to feel obligated to bring gifts because it was my 3rd, everyone still did.  We got a lot we needed, and a lot we didn't need but still appreciate a lot :)  So have NO shame, ladies...I guess cultural "norms"  change faster than we realize.

 

 

CDing:  Im new also.  I have a few different kinds, and some Ive made.  I think my inventory is 10 pocket diapers, 30 inserts (some microfiber, some I made form old sheets or cotton material), about 15 fleece covers I sewed up, about 30 flats I got yesterday at the baby shower, and 4 wool covers I knitted.  Does this sound efficient for doing laundry every 2-3 days?

 

Im totally soaking up the info...Im trying to make it NOT complicated, and not overwhelming.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

post #30 of 1015

Baby showers, I had two for my first, but no one showed up to one of them, so I guess it doesn't count.  I had a co-ed shower for my second daughter and it was a lot of fun.  I didn't need a bunch of stuff, but everyone chipped in and got me an Ergo, which I REALLY wanted.  Just a couple days ago I was feeling a little bummed because it seems silly to have a baby shower for my third girl, especially when we don't need any baby stuff and I know people will want to bring presents, so DH and I are thinking about having a welcoming party/open house for the baby after she gets here, no gifts required, but if you can't resist, bring a meal for the freezer.  We'll see how we feel about that once she's actually here though.

 

Cloth diapers, I like 1-2 dozen prefolds and 2-4 covers in preemie/newborn sizes.  My whole stash cost $500 total for my two girls, that's half a dozen tiny eca-pants, 1 dozen preemie prefolds and 2 covers, 1 dozen infant prefolds and 4 covers, 1 dozen premium prefolds and 2 covers, 1 dozen 2t training pants, 1 dozen 4t training pants, and 6 toddler prefolds and two covers.  This is daytime and nighttime diapering for my two year and four year old (someday, someday, she will be potty trained....) and should be all I need for this baby as well.  I just use a diaper pail with a wet bag in it and we wash almost every day.  I got a diaper sprayer after my first daughter regressed, because three year old poop is gross, but we also use it for family cloth, so while it's not necessary, I really really love it.

 

I'm 35 weeks 5 days today, and I'm having a ton of BH, and my lower back is really achy, I'm hoping it's just coincidence, at least for another week.

post #31 of 1015
I decided to not have a shower this time, its just a hassle trying to find time every one can get together. We don't need a lot of stuff really, and I don't want to be inundated with stuff we wont use.

As for cd's, I have never ever even used one but I am already hooked lol. I started researching when my sister got pregnant with her ds and it has snowballed from there. I don't even know exactly how many I have. I have somewhere around 30 nb prefolds, 15 nb fitteds, 5 or 6 nb fleece soakers, two or three nb pul covers, 4 thirsties duo size one covers, 11 or 12 econobum prefolds plus the three covers that came with them, one small thirsties cover, 12 regular size prefolds (they are longer than econobum so probably premium?), two os fuzzibuns, two bg os snap pockets, a couple nubunz and some old haute pockets, 10 sm fitted pockets, some other experimental ones I made, and a lot of microfiber inserts. Oh, and two pink go green? ones with roses. Oh, and two flip covers. And I want to get more. And I would LOVE to get some wool, but I don't have the money for the cute hat and longie sets.
post #32 of 1015

From what I've gathered and ALL of the friggin people I've asked (lol) I'm thinking a one size pocket diaper might be best for us. My sister said she got at least 15 inserts that she'd been using as burprags for her daughter and I SOOO could use those to get started with cloth diapering! I shouldn't need more than a few shells, right? Ten, maybe? At the very LEAST? I also figure this way, I could just buy laundry detergent for the cloth diapers and cloth wipes with the child support I'd be getting form this baby's dad and using the rest for smaller bills. Thank goodness our water bill is included in our rent! lol

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From what I've gathered and ALL of the friggin people I've asked (lol) I'm thinking a one size pocket diaper might be best for us. My sister said she got at least 15 inserts that she'd been using as burprags for her daughter and I SOOO could use those to get started with cloth diapering! I shouldn't need more than a few shells, right? Ten, maybe? At the very LEAST? I also figure this way, I could just buy laundry detergent for the cloth diapers and cloth wipes with the child support I'd be getting form this baby's dad and using the rest for smaller bills. Thank goodness our water bill is included in our rent! lol


Pockets come with inserts, if you are purchasing standard ones.  I can't imagine someone would sell the pocket without the insert.... And with pockets, both pieces (shell and insert) are soiled with each use, so you need as many shells as you have inserts.  Again, they usually are sold together though.  

Now, if you're thinking of using prefolds/covers THEN you can have fewer shells than inserts.  

 

ETA: in my opinion pockets are the easiest to use.  (Well, technically AIOs are but those are sized, not one-size.  So for cost-effectiveness I'd do one-size pockets.)  Pockets, once stuffed with an insert, are less intimidating for daddies, grandmas, other caregivers, etc than prefolds.  They are most similar to disposables once stuffed.  Prefolds generally have 3 pieces- the prefold diaper itself, a snappi (much easier to use than a diaper pin, but still another piece) and a cover.  

post #34 of 1015

I love to talk cloth diapers, so please excuse my continuing the thread, and for it's length!

 

Prefolds and covers are definitely your most economical option, though not everyone loves them like I do. The reason they are so economical is that the prefolds themselves are cheap, but you also only need a few covers because each cover can be used for multiple changes, until soiled. For newborns, who poop all the time, you need a few more covers, or perhaps just need to resign yourself to laundry more often for the first couple of months. But with prefolds and covers there is less laundry to do too, and they dry quicker (than AIOs) so you can even line-dry them and save energy and money that way.

 

All told, I spent less than $200 on our stash, but we were given all of our prefolds for free from a friend, and also a few covers as well. We have about 2 dozen small prefolds, and about 2 dozen large ones. We also have 3 bamboo MotherEase One Size fitted diapers with bamboo inserts for nighttimes. One snappi, which was good when DD was little. We chose to use Bummis covers (we mostly have the SuperBrites), because they were the cheapest and most readily available to us, and have 4 in NB size, 6 in Small, 5 in Medium and 2 in large, because my daughter was potty training before she really grew out of the mediums. We will need to buy more mediums for this baby, because DD was in them so long (from about 9 months to 27 months) and the velcro is worn. I know I can replace the velcro, but I am not and accomplished sewist. I might try and buy some OS covers, just to try them out, but I was really happy with the system we had, and really only have to get a few more covers for this second baby, so I might just leave a good thing be. We washed diapers every other day when DD was little, then could go to every 3rd day when she was older. Oh, I knit a couple of woolen soakers too, but DD was sensitive to wool, so we never used them.

 

As far as wipes go - I found that we needed a lot of wipes. I can't understand how people get by with just a dozen cloth wipes that they've purchased. I would seriously go through that in less than a day! I just cut up a couple of old ratty flannel receiving blankets that I got on a free shelf from the midwives, and part of an old flannel sheet from the thrift store. I didn't hem them or anything. I probably ended up with close to 50 wipes, and always ran out by laundry day! Because they are not precious, we use them for everything, and if they get really gross with something (hubby was always using them to clean his bike chain, sigh) then I didn't feel bad about throwing them away. We use them for family cloth now that DD is potty trained, and I just cut up a whole bunch more for baby #2.This time around I bought a 6"x6" reusable zippered snack pouch as a little wipe bag, and plan on just carrying 8 damp wipes with me at all times when we go out. Then they'll just go into the travel wet bag with the dirty diapers. I just use water on the wipes. Having a good system for going out with cloth diapers is essential, otherwise you may start to think that using disposables for outings is so much easier (which isn't true!). 

 

We use a couple of buckets with lids (one's a vintage enamel diaper pail, one's a stainless steel compost bucket) for diaper pails, one for each floor. Together they make about a load. Don't get a diaper pail that's bigger than a load of laundry, it will just take up space. 

 

Good luck, and happy researching. I know it's daunting at first, but I LOVE to CD.

post #35 of 1015
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Pockets come with inserts, if you are purchasing standard ones.  I can't imagine someone would sell the pocket without the insert.... And with pockets, both pieces (shell and insert) are soiled with each use, so you need as many shells as you have inserts.  Again, they usually are sold together though.  Now, if you're thinking of using prefolds/covers THEN you can have fewer shells than inserts.  

 

ETA: in my opinion pockets are the easiest to use.  (Well, technically AIOs are but those are sized, not one-size.  So for cost-effectiveness I'd do one-size pockets.)  Pockets, once stuffed with an insert, are less intimidating for daddies, grandmas, other caregivers, etc than prefolds.  They are most similar to disposables once stuffed.  Prefolds generally have 3 pieces- the prefold diaper itself, a snappi (much easier to use than a diaper pin, but still another piece) and a cover.  


None of our caregivers ever had a problem with our prefolds. After the early months, we would just trifold and stuff (no snappi), which no one ever had an issue with. 

 

We also chose to do prefolds over pockets or AIOs because most of those types of dipes have a fleece "stay dry" layer between liner and baby, and we wanted to minimize the amount of synthetic material next to baby's skin. We were happy with our PUL covers, but anytime we tried fleece against her skin, she'd get a rash, and the fleece would be smelly. I'm not knocking these other kinds of diapers, because so many other people clearly prefer them, but they just didn't work for us. And I think that prefolds get this reputation for being so much more "work" than pockets or AIOs, and I don't know if that's necessarily true. I think the work is just in different places. Or perhaps, for us, the extra work (which we didn't notice) was offset by the money savings. 

 

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None of our caregivers ever had a problem with our prefolds. After the early months, we would just trifold and stuff (no snappi), which no one ever had an issue with. 

 

We also chose to do prefolds over pockets or AIOs because most of those types of dipes have a fleece "stay dry" layer between liner and baby, and we wanted to minimize the amount of synthetic material next to baby's skin. We were happy with our PUL covers, but anytime we tried fleece against her skin, she'd get a rash, and the fleece would be smelly. I'm not knocking these other kinds of diapers, because so many other people clearly prefer them, but they just didn't work for us. And I think that prefolds get this reputation for being so much more "work" than pockets or AIOs, and I don't know if that's necessarily true. I think the work is just in different places. Or perhaps, for us, the extra work (which we didn't notice) was offset by the money savings. 

 


Re: the work being in different places.  Totally true.  We have to stuff inserts into our pockets, so that is an extra step that prefold users skip.  But prefolds are more work to get on the baby (with the multiple pieces) so it does depend on what you'd rather spend time doing :-)  I think that's why a lot of people say AIOs and pockets are better for other caregivers- because once they are stuffed it's no different than putting on a disposable.  Personally, I'd rather just put one piece on my squirmy toddler, but surely prefold users get used to their routine as well.  

 

post #37 of 1015

Okay. I see now. duh.gif Gah! See, so many ways to do it and I get confused with two different and basic ones. What I MEANT was I wanted to use the prefolds with a cover. Also, I had a bunch of leftover receiving blankets I know wouldn't have been used, so I took a few of them and cut them into 8x8 squares and set them aside for sewing to make them into cloth wipes. I made like 40 of them so far. I'm sure that's about what I'd be using on a newborn in 2 days, so I'll be cutting at least 3-4 more blankets. lol

post #38 of 1015

Ahh, I leave for the weekend and come back and there's a new thread already on page 2! I was up in BC, Canada for a concert :) I was front row in the GA section yikes.gif I bought VIP tickets since it said early entry and access to a "vip section in front of the stage" so I figured, great, guaranteed first couple of rows without stressing about squishing my bump! Buuuut... nope! Fire code didn't allow them to barricade off our section, so we just got to go in a little bit before everyone else. So, front row, YES.. guaranteed no squished bump, NO! Not a wild concert by ANY means. So it was perfectly safe. There was only one time that there was a little bit of pushing but it was nothing that pushing myself away from the barricade and locking my elbows couldn't fix. Fun kid free night though! :D we don't get a lot of those. Kinda nuts going THIS pregnant, but I couldn't miss it. Yes, my feet hurt standing that long. I sucked it up and dealt with it. So worth it!! 

 

For those overwhelmed by cloth diapering.. here's my advice :) Read some info on laundering.. THAT is the most important. Make sure you have a CD safe detergent, NO fabric softener. Avoid rash creams with zinc oxide, but angel baby bottom balm and a few others are okay to use. My wash routine: cold/cold super wash (highest water level) with no detergent to rinse poop out. Then a hot/cold (would be hot/hot if my washer allowed it.. grr) with about a quarter to half the amount of detergent you'd use for clothes. Unless its a brand specifically for cloth diapers, then just use how much it says. Then, especially since my machine doesn't have a double rinse option, I do another hot/cold cycle with no soap to get everything rinsed out. Then I dry everything on hot in the dryer. Thats my routine, but everyone figures out what works for them. You'll find a routine that works for you. 

 

Okay. Thats basically the extent of whats really necessary to know before starting. You'll learn as you go, and it'll be fine. Don't stress about brands/styles and wondering which will be the "best" You can listen to people's opinions of what their favorite diapers are (or their least favorite!) all day long, but when it comes down to it, babies are shaped different, one brand might fit one baby great, and another one, not so great! and people's tastes are different. Just go shopping and look at what YOU think you'll like. diaperswappers is nice because you can get a variety of used for cheap to figure out what you like and don't like. There are some websites that give you sampler packs that you pay a deposit and try a few brands for a week or so, then send them back for your money back. Or keep them if you love them. But for the most part, whatever diaper brand you choose to get will probably work just fine! I probably have diaper ADD or something because I just love to have a variety :) It seems that whenever I decide I love a brand and buy a bunch, within a few months I'm bored of it and want to sell it to buy another kind, lol. So maybe you'll like variety, or maybe you'll like having the consistency of one brand that you know works for you. 

 

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Seriously, Becky, watch the videos! It really helps to SEE everything. I recommend 1.5 wipes per diaper you own. You can use wash clothes, too. I especially like a two sided wipe that is flannel/terry as the texture cleans poop really well. My favorite wipe is made by a WAHM on diaperswappers (Eli's Wipe-E's).
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I DID watch the videos. Especially the one where you showed all the different kinds. That's where I got them mixed up. Think I was trying to take in too much at once lol. But after I watched the videos, I was able to more easily distinguish what to buy and estimate about how much. I found a cloth diaper store in town and am going to go check them out today. They've got some indian prefolds for 1.50 each, so we'll see! I heard Gerber was a prefold that I definitely shouldn't use. Anyway, I don't want to keep the thread tied up with CD talk. I think I got the basics now. lol

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